It was a sunny summer day in Istanbul. I entered Mikla, a fascinating restaurant in Istanbul, selected as the fifty-sixth best restaurant in “Worlds 100 Best Restaurants” in 2016. I had brought a bottle of wine produced in the heart of Burgundy and waited to start our conversation with Mehmet Gürs. There was an on-going photo shooting at the restaurant and in a few minutes, I discovered the secret of Mikla’s success. The whole team was being photographed with different clothes and accessories, laughing and truly having fun. There is nothing better than having a happy staff I thought. When one’s daily work means more than just a ‘job’, success is inevitable I guess.
Mehmet Gürs came in after few minutes. There was a lot to talk about. After all, he is one of the greatest chefs and the pioneer of contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul. (more…)